The Unifying Aspects of Cultures


In/visible communities at and across border

Chair of the section/Suggestions, Abstracts, Contributions to:
Email: Duska Knezevic Hocevar (Ljubljana)

ABSTRACT: Recent efforts in anthropology of international borders and demographic anthropology complement each other in their critique of the romantic notion of "national population" and its "inherent" processes (identity, fertility, mortality, migration, etc) from the second half of the nineteenth century. The explications are mostly oriented towards a-historical and oversimplified comprehension of national populations as distinctive organic entities whose boundaries are as a rule equated with nation-state borders.

Given that borders are differently understood by those to whom they have any kind of relevance, the section invites the contributions that discuss differently conceived communities at or across the border, being defined from the "top-down" or "down-top" in a process of inclusion and exclusion - either through the visible language of law (e.g. citizenship) or invisible everyday practices (e.g. marriage strategies, religion, collective memory, language, etc.), which differentiate "us" from "them".